The Sunshine Blogger Award

Happy Sunday

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Today I am bringing you the Sunshine blogger award the very lovely Claudia from New life Fresh you Blog nominated me for this award 🙂 So thank you Claudia you can check out her post here https://newlifefreshyou.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/the-sunshine-blogger-award/

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The rules:

  • Thank the Blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to your blog.
  • Answer the 11 Questions The Blogger asked to your blog.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post or on your blog.

So here are the questions set by my nominator:

  • What would be your last meal on earth? Creamy Carbonara Followed by Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Do you believe in aliens? Why/Why not? I do indeed I believe in ghosts and spirits and aliens I just think the universe is WIDE and we can’t be the only life forms in it.
  •  Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Where I would like to be is still Happily married maybe a child or two and having lots of fun adventures!!
  •  Where are you from? A City called Peterborough Born and Raised.
  • What is one thing on your bucket list? Visit New Zealand. I am a HUGE Tolkien fan so to visit Where the LOTR and Hobbit movies were shot would be INSANE
  • If you won the lottery what would you do first? Take all my loved ones out for a fancy meal!
  • What song reminds you of your childhood? Why? Paradise City by Guns’n’Roses Because my dad would play this song for me every single day on the vinyl player or on cassette tape in the car whilst waiting for my mum to finish work.
  • How would you describe your fashion style? Charity shop Eclectic Chique 
  • What’s your favorite season? Why? Autumn. Where we live our main road leading to the culdisac is lined with trees and I just LOVE driving and walking past the changing colours of these trees, I love getting all my jumpers and boots out of storage, going pumpkin picking drinking warm cider and making apple pies!!
  • What’s your dream job? Fashion Designer or Wardrobe assistant on films/tv/west end stage
  • What did you want to be when you were a child? A teacher, I would line up my dolls and teddies and write on this little white board and read them stories teaching them everything I had learnt at school that day!

So that is that my loves I will not nominate anyone specifically instead….if you are the 2nd 5th 7th and 9th liker on this post you have to do it and….if your name begins with A. L, N or T you have to do this post too 🙂

I love these questions that I was set by Claudia so I think I would like to see your answers to the same questions too 😀

Speak Soon

Natalie

@_Natalie_blogs_

Nataliechurch@hotmail.com

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The year of NatalieBlogsAboutFashion

One of my bucket list goals for the year 2018 is to get 500 followers on my blog. I never set out for followers to be my main goal of my blog I started this blog for me to help with my anxiety, to be a creative outlet and for something fun to do. Over the years though I have become part of the most amazing community I have some amazing followers and we all support each other and each others posts and I really love and appreciate that! I think that 500 is just a nice round number and I would feel incredibly proud of myself to hit that milestone what a nice 30th birthday gift that would be!! With the 500 in mind I have decided to make some blog changes to enhance my presence on the bloggersphere and hopefully build up my following 🙂

1-Social media links and posts. I will now be adding all my social media links to my sign off on posts I don’t know why I haven’t done this before! I will also be WAY more active on my blog Instagram which is @_natalie_blogs_ I am aiming to post everyday on there as well as my personal instagram which aren’t blog related photos but gives a little insight to the woman behind the blog 🙂 my personal instagram is @_Natalie_church_

2-A schedule!! I have always been a sporadic blogger just posting whenever I had content. Now I am not going to create content for the sake of sticking to the schedule I will still be creating the content that I like it will just give me more incentive to actually take pictures and think of ideas for my scheduled blog posts which in turn will bring back my creativity which in turn will make me happy which will lead to quality blog content 😀

So my schedule will be a post at 8pm on Sundays Tuesdays and Thursdays(Starting from today) There will also on the last day of the month be a Post at 12pm reviewing all the books&films/tv I have read/watched that month and a post at 8pm rounding up all the new things I tried/learnt that month(this will start from February as I am sticking to the weekly roundup for January)

So yes I have my positive creative pants firmly on and I am excited to see where this year takes me blogging wise 🙂 So I will see you all at 8pm for a weekly roundup of everything that’s happened this week.

Speak Soon

Natalie

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400 followers!!!

Hello loves so I just came into wordpress and I now have 400followers!!! WHAT!! THATS SO CRAZY I just want to say thank you so much to everyone who follows me and supports me I feel honoured!! So to celebrate this occasion I found some really fun questions to answer so my new followers get to know more about me and my old faithfuls get to know me a little better too 🙂 so here goes

1. If you didn’t have to sleep what would you do with the extra time? I would socialise more I’d see friends and family and I’d have time to watch my Netflix watchlist that seems to be forever growing!

2. What would your perfect room look like? Bookshelves filled with books, pop vinyls,dvds and all the Lego sets I want. Big soft sofas and arm chairs an open fire and a huge TV!!

3 What fictional place would you most like to go? It’s a tie…Hogwarts obviously!! And the shire I think I’d suit hobbit life.

4 What job would you be terrible at? Anything to do with computers I’m rubbish with technology! Or cold calling I hate bothering people and I hate talking on the phone lol!

5 When was the last time you climbed a tree? Years ago 😦 I used to visit this place called hills and holes near my house where there were amazing trees to climb and id climb them and sit in them for hours chatting with my friend!!

6 Favourite piece of clothing you’ve owned/own? My wedding dress. Nothing will beat it to the top spot!

7 If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport what would you have a chance at winning a medal for? Reading. Specifically reading a whole book in a day!!

8 What is the most annoying habit other people have? Chewing with their mouth open or chewing loudly!!!!!!

9 What job would you be really good at? Actress or wardrobe assistant or librarian 

10 What skill would you like to master? Portrait drawing and knitting! Oh and making a meringue from scratch

11 What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? Me hubby&Molly in a campervan traveling the world.

12 What songs have you completely memorised? Any Disney song, anything from the spice girls and All Saints pure sures.

13 What game or movie universe would you most like to live in? Tolkien’s world with elves and hobbits and dwarves!!

14 Are you usually early or late? Ummmm a bit of both if it’s somewhere new I’m early if I’ve been there before usually late!

15 What pets did you have growing up? I had two guinea pigs. I’ve had fish and I’ve had hamsters 🙂

16 When people come to you for help what do they usually want help with? Advise and a sympathetic ear to listen.

17 What takes up too much of your time? My illness.

18 What are some small things that make your day better? My husband cat family and friends obviously. A good cup of tea. Putting my PJs and slippers on after a long day at work. Seeing things I’ve planted grow in my garden

19 Whose your go to band or artist when you’ve got nothing to listen to? Sterephonics Adele and Disney classics

20 What’s the best way to start the day? Caffeine! And knowing you’ve got nothing in particular to do knowing the day is yours.

21 What shows are you into? Game of thrones, bake off , apprentice, strictly come dancing, Doctor Foster and modern family

22 What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch? IT. I watched it once never again I hate clowns and any war film I hate war films. 

23 What would be your ideal weekend? Saturday walk to a farmer’s market pick up fresh supplies for brunch eat brunch in the garden go round to my families for a meal and drinks watch a good film Sunday walk to the shop get the Sunday papers meet up with friends for a walk have a Sunday roast at the local pub come home and have a lazy afternoon and evening 

24 What’s your claim to fame? I auditioned for a part in skins and was in the final 10 I met the writers of skins and met the people that subsequently got the part!!

25 What’s your favourite genre of book or movie? Book crime/thriller movie comedy

26 What have you recently formed an opinion about? Gender equality 

27 What’s the best single day on the calendar? 25th December

28 How do relax after a hard day at work? Get changed into my comfy clothes make a cuppa water the plants in the garden watch the chase eat tea and then read a book or watch YouTube videos

29 What was the best book or book series you’ve ever read? Series harry potter hands down singular book….ummm behind closed doors.

30 What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Austin Texas

31 What’s the most annoying thing people always ask you? 2 questions. 1Are you ill again? 2. When are you having kids?

32 What’s your dream car? Mustang Shelby in blue 

33 What could you give a 40minute presentation on with no preparation? Aside from the obvious Harry potter&Disney films not alot!! Maybe talk about Lego dimensions!!!

34 If you were a dictator of a small island nation what crazy dictator stuff would you do? I’d do silly things like Fridays everyone has to wear odd socks or I’d ban things like cabbage and gherkins.

35 What’s worth spending more on to get the best? Shoes. I love me some primark bargains don’t get me wrong but shoes are something I definitely invest in.

36 What is something a tonne of people are obsessed with but you just don’t see the point of? Love island… Geordie shore…..orange is the new black….expensive makeup and green tea.

37 If all jobs had the same pay and hours what job would you like to do? Police officer, stunt double or actress 

38 What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? Hopefully becoming a parent. Visiting some amazing places with my hubby and watching two of my besties get married.

39 What quirks do you have? I have to eat food in even amounts. I wear socks with sandals. I often wear my t-shirts and dresses backwards.

40 Wherewould you spend all your time if you could? The library. The park near my house and Disneyland 

That’s it for now my love’s so again thank you for your continued support I love you all and I’m excited for the next few months content I’ve got planned!! Xx

Life with a chronic illness:An open letter

Hello loves,

Today’s post is part rant and part informative (I hope)

A little backstory…..For context…

When I was 19 I started to feel unwell, I was constantly sick, felt tired all the time and picked up every bug going round, it took the doctors 8months to finally find out what was wrong with me, I had an underactive thyroid, thankfully it’s treatable with a daily tablet but it will never get better, it’s a life long illness. For a while the tablets seemed to lessen my symptoms, then I got glandular fever, which caused my immune system to shut down I was bed bound for nearly 3 months. I now have underactive thyroid, fatigue and autoimmune deficiency, I am in pain daily, I’m tired I get ill at the drop of a hat I have to be careful what I eat as thyroid can lead to a form of IBS so certain foods cause me to be sick! I have no anti bodies so even a cold can leave me bed bound as my body doesn’t know how to fight off the infection I’m more susceptible to sinusitis and ear nose and throat infections it’s just bloody hard work somedays I won’t lie!

Back story complete here’s the rant part…

Today I feel rough. A worse day shall we call it I don’t remember feeling ‘well’ but I don’t complain (often) I’m running on 4 1/2 hours sleep there’s so many bugs going round at work that I’m frightened I’ll catch I’ve got a huge headache and just feel poop….I was meant to go out today but cancelled I was also meant to go out last night but had to cancel now thankfully my friends and family are understanding of my situation and know that I am regrettably flaky!! However today I told my husband I wasn’t going out and he responds with ‘but you have to’ yes even my husband whose been with me for 10years can sometimes forget what it’s like!! So I’m here to say that regardless of whether you have an illness you don’t HAVE to do anything. I said this to him with a scowl on my face because I was annoyed! I didn’t have to go out it would’ve been nice to go out but I didn’t have to what I wanted to do was rest because this week is going to be one hectic week and I already know that by Sunday my body will be ready to give up!! I’m not articulating my thoughts well at all I’m too tired I just wanted to get the message across that all you ever have to do….Is what you darn well want to, and today I wanted to lounge around in my PJs and have a ‘sick’ day! That’s ok, you should never apologise or feel obligated to be anything other than yourself! It’s not selfish or rude or unsociable to focus on yourself once in a while so just remember that my loves

Rant over! Xx

Hello 2017!!

Hello my loves I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and a Fabulous New year 🙂

So a few things…..

1 I’ve created an Instagram account for my blog, I think I’d like to keep my personal Instagram account for you know food pictures and selfies haha!! So if you could go and give that a follow I would appreciate it alot as I’ll be linking my blog to the account 🙂

2 I have set a few goals this year- Exercise more, Drink more water, Take more photos,Live in the moment,Take a day away from technology,Read more!

3 I’m so excited for the content I’m preparing for my blog this year…Trust me guys this year I’m going to be more present on my blog!!!

4 I have spent the day doing something everyone should do especially at this time of year, I deleted a tonne of people from Facebook &Instagram that either I didn’t want to see, who ignored me in person ( why do people do that friend you on social media but ignore you irl?) Or that I just couldn’t be bothered with their drama any more!! I also went through my emails and unsubscribed to so many annoying mailing lists that I had been part of!!

So that’s it my quick update!!! Hope your all well 🙂

This is my Instagram account give it a follow 😀 xx

Blogger Recognition Award

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The lovely Alanna from imagalaxygirl blog nominated me for this award 🙂 I wish I knew how to link to her actual blog on this app grrrr!!

So here are the rules
Write a post to show the award
Thank the person
Briefly describe your journey as a blogger
Give advice to other bloggers
Nominate other bloggers

So thank you so much Alanna truly I am so glad that we have met through this platform and I love seeing how much you’ve grown through your blogging!!!

My personal journey has been a good one I started this blog for myself thinking noone would read it here I am 200+ followers later and I am so thankful!!! Fashion has always been my main focus in this blog it’s the way that I express myself I was bullied at school for the way I dressed so to see people inspired by my fashion choices and being genuine and kind about my style is a very lovely thing! I decided this year to branch out a little incorporate myself and my life into this blog a little more and I’m glad that you guys are enjoying those types of posts too!!

Advice
Be yourself and be happy. This should be for you this should be a hobby if you find a way to make it big from this great but don’t loose the reason you started in all of that. Don’t beat yourself up if your posts don’t get lots of likes or if you said you’d post at 8every night but can’t life gets in the way sometimes and that’s a good thing you should be out there living your life ❤ we are a family and we will all still be here to read your posts even if they are “late” xx

I nominate anyone who wants to do this because I love all of you xx

February Favourites

Hi guys feels like forever since I blogged! This month has been crazy and has flown by super fast! I apologise for the lack of outfit posts but I have been super busy I have however picked up some amazing pieces from eBay&my local charity shops so as of 1st March my Totally Thrifted series will resume!!! I am a little early as there’s still two days of February left but thought I’d do my February Favourites whilst I actually had some spare time!!! So here goes 🙂

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The body shops strawberry hand cream! Oh my this smells amazing! 😍one of the lovely girls at work brought me this for my birthday and honestly it’s beautiful the smell is so sweet and it leaves my hands feeling really soft!

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I’m not a pyjama wearing person usually I just chuck on some joggers and a tshirt but when I was in primark the other day I saw this Harry Potter set (it has a matching top) for £10 and had to buy them!! These trousers are lightweight but some warm and comfy I really never want to take them off!! I’ve been very unsociable this month preferring to cosy up with a good book in bed.

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😍OH.MY.GOD!! I am so late to the party on this one but I started watching pretty little liars last Monday and I am in love with it!!! I had to order the boxset!!! It’s brilliant!! Please no spoilers I’ve managed to avoid them even though I’m waaaay behind!!

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Lastly I’ve been wearing this cute gold heart necklace I picked up for £1 at the salvation army charity shop its so dainty and lovely it goes with everything! I’ve also gotten back into my crystals my favourites this month have been my rose quartz and my amethyst x
So there it is February all wrapped up!!
X