Friday, 6 January 2017

2017 - What Do You Want to See?

I arrived back at uni yesterday, sorted out all my stuff, gave my new bits and bobs from Christmas new homes, and settled down to try and get back into my uni life routine. After being at home-home for a few weeks, it's weird being back at uni. Not all my friends are back yet, so it's very quiet... and I already miss Jester-pooch a little... well, a lot! But, hey ho, uni life is still great fun, even when it is just sitting in my room, working my way through all my Christmas chocolates, and watching South Park (my new guilty pleasure, btw!). 

Before I jump into blogging for 2017, I want to ask... is there anything you want to see from me? 

I've tried to do a mixture of posts, experimenting with different types of blogging, and have started to find what works for me personally. I've tried make-up tutorials, look books, a bit of baking, but what do you want to see? More rowing, more uni life posts? 

If there's any ideas you have, please let me know, either comment or message me, and I'll see what I can do! 

Look forward to hearing from you,

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A Winter Wedding

On 30th December I went to a very Christmassy wedding, and it was lovely. The aisle was decorated with Ivy leaves and candle lanterns, the chandeliers had evergreen leaves around them, and there was a decorated Christmas tree behind the soon-to-be Mr and Mrs. It was so festive. I haven't included photos of the wedding itself, I thought that was a more private part of the day for the bride and groom, but I thought I'd just share a few bits and bobs with you guys...

Skirt - New Look (SALE)
Crop Top - Topshop
Heels - New Look (but very old)
Necklace - no idea, sorry! 

That's all my weddings done for last year, had just enough time to squeeze this one in before 2016 was over! 

Until next time,

Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Year's Resolutions 2017

I can't believe 2016 is over, I'm not sure if it's dragged or flown by. It's been a pretty crappy year, everyone seems to agree, but I had a pretty awful start to the year. Luckily, but the end it had all sorted itself out again, and I've ended it on a bit of a high, and all ready to make my resolutions for the next twelve months. 

1. Stop biting my nails... the last four
I've managed to completely stop biting six of my nails now, and they've grown all pretty and ready to be painted. But I still have my little fingers and my ring fingers to go. Twelve months to do it in, shouldn't be too stressful... right? 

2. Eat healthy... no, really this time!
I have a bunch of recipe books, and some yummy Instagram account inspiration, so this ones going to need a kickstart and then I'm (hopefully) away! 

3. Stop saying no to fun
I had a bit of a turnaround this year, when all my friends were going on nights out or having houseparties, and I was invited out so many times for this one night. But I had an early morning training session, so I said no to all of them... and have never regretted anything more! I got so many Snapchats, heard so many fun stories, and even had a drunk visitor in the early hours of the morning. So many regrets from one night... so next time I'll say yes to the fun night out (or whatever it is), and chill on the training for one day! 

And I think that's it for this year. I always give myself so many resolutions to aim for, and then forget and don't do any of them... but this year is the year! (She says for the hundredth time). I hope you all have a lovely New Year's Eve, whatever you have planned.

And I'll see you in 2017!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

What I Got for Christmas

...besides an extra bit of padding around the tummy area! I don't think I've ever been given so many chocolate selection boxes in my life... no complaints there though! Rather than show you fifty different types of chocolate that you could've been given over Christmas, I've decided to just show you a few of the other presents I was given for Christmas this year...

I knew I was getting this Zara bag because I chose it and ordered it, but it's so lovely! I never knew you could love an object so much! It's a really tiny bag, I can't fit anything more than some money, my card and my phone (which I have to put in at the right angle too), but it's all I really need when I go shopping or to a nice meal or something. Love it! 

I also got a 'K' candle. These were the candles I mentioned in my Secret Santa ideas post, and I got one in my stocking. It smells amazing, like Grapefruit and Ginger. I think I put the link before, but here it is again if you'd like to get one.

My main present from my Mum this year was a complete surprise, but amazing. I opened up this little Polaroid Cube, which is a bit like a GoPro, but you work it with an app on your phone. I had no idea I was getting this, so it was a great surprise. I haven't had a chance to use it yet, other than a few experimental selfies, but I can't wait. 

I also go a pink polo neck jumper, which is so comfy. It has a loose neck, and really baggy sleeves, which is the kind of jumpers I like. I don't usually go for pink (other than the dungaree dress I'm wearing today), but this jumper is really cute and cosy. Plus, I was given a New Look gift card, so more jumpers, here I come!

My dad gave me this book, which I'd seen online and asked for. It's by Darcy Miller and is all her advice for making your events, like birthday parties and things, unique and creative. It's such a lovely book, there's so many photographs, and she has some really cute inspiration. I love books like this. 

And finally, I got a ton of body lotions, bath creams and pampering goodies, including an English Rose scented set from the Body Shop. 

I was so lucky this year, everyone bought me such lovely things, I've only included a few of them on here. The plan for the rest of my day is to hit the January sales, then in a few days I have a Winter wedding to go to, and then it's new years, just like that! 

Better start thinking of my new year's resolutions, 

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas! | Blogmas Day 25

Merry Christmas everyone, and happy end to Blogmas 2016! I hope you're all having a lovely day wherever you are and whatever you're doing, and if you need me, I shall be somewhere eating my own weight in pigs-in-blankets! 

Have fun!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Eve Bedtime Routine | Blogmas Day 24

I can always remember Christmas Eve when I was little as such an exciting night! The day was like any other day, but when everyone got home from work it turned into something really special. We had family over, opened a few pre-Christmas Day presents, and always went to bed, leaving a plate of mince pies, a pint of beer for Santa, a plate of carrots for Rudolph and co., and hanging my stocking on my door on my way through. Now I'm older I don't go through all the same habits, but it's still an exciting night, filled with my own new little traditions... 

I always work Christmas Eve, I hate being at home. I like to be out of the house, busy and not thinking about all the things I've forgotten to do - if I'm at work and I've forgotten it, it's too late anyway! After work, I'll go straight to my Uncle's house where we have a little family evening with my Granny and cousin. We have something like a casserole or lasagne, and all sit around the log fire. 

After that we head home. A few years I've gone for drinks with friends in the local pub, but I don't always find time (although, it is one of my favourite things to do on Christmas Eve, donning a Christmas jumper and all). Whether I go out or not, when I get home the first thing I do is make myself a hot chocolate... not a Malibu one though, I might add! 

When it's bedtime, I put on some slightly Christmassy pyjamas (this year it's my star shorty pyjamas from H&M), make a hot water bottle, and hang my stocking up on my bedroom door, a tradition that we still do in our house. Once I'm in bed, I always watch the Family Guy Christmas special, "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas". I can never bring myself to watch this episode any other time than Christmas Eve, but I can't go to sleep without it on this night. 

And after that, it's time for sleep! A quick squirt of the usual lavender pillow mist, take off my make up and snuggle in with Eeyore (my hot water bottle cover, in case you were wondering), ready to wake up bright and fresh tomorrow morning. 

I hope you're having a lovely Christmas Eve, and enjoying all your own traditions. And don't forgot, if you can't sleep tonight, at least pretend... otherwise Santa won't leave you any prezzies! ;) 

Night night, 

Friday, 23 December 2016

Last Minute Prezzie Wrapping | Blogmas Day 23

Two more days to go, two more days 'til Christmas... It's so exciting, Christmas is nearly here! Tonight's job was to finish off my last minute wrapping of the prezzies, which I'd made a lame attempt at earlier in the week and come nowhere near finishing! 

This year I haven't gone for anything too adventurous in the wrapping department, so this isn't a post tutorial on wrapping or anything... I wish! Maybe next year? But I loved this wrapping paper, which I found hidden in the depths of my bedroom from a couple of years ago, and some cheapy, but effective labels.  

(P.S. yes, I have had a hair cut. How much have I lost!)

Two more blogmas posts to go, and then we can say we've made it through our first ever Blogmas on Katy Louise Blog, it's very exciting! And I can almost say that I'm ready for the big Christmas day, just a few more bits and bobs to sort out, then prezzie unwrapping can commence! 

Watch this space for the last couple of posts...