Monday, 27 April 2015

Living with a Bengal; An Owners Review

I have a handsome Bengal named Teddy. He is about to turn 1 and you're damn fucking straight I'll be throwing him a kitty birthday party.

I make it quite clear that I absolutely adore Ted and he has definitely changed the way our home feels, but raising a Bengal certainly comes with a few caveats that should be considered before you decide to take the plunge into cat-hood.


Bengal cats were developed by the selective breeding of domestic cats and Asian Leopards. They are primarily jungle cats with some being much more 'wildcat' than others. Breeders use the term "F Generations" to outline how far removed a particular cat is from its leopard heritage. Ted is an F6, a direct domestic/Asian Leopard cross would be an F1. The F Generation system is a great guide when it comes to the temperament of the cat you are looking at, with the F1 & F2 cats typically needing an owner to be 'licensed to care' in most countries around the Western hemisphere because of their large size, aggressiveness and profitable breeding potential.

Before you adopt, consider the below points:

Monday, 20 April 2015

Getting Married; Choosing the Venue

As everybody who's ever been within shouting distance of me knows, I'm getting married in September of 2015. A lot of people have asked me how the wedding planning is going so I thought I'd create a series that covers all the issues I came up against along with everything you need to consider as a 'Newly Engaged'. These will be in no particular order because, let's face it, weddings just don't work like that.

From day one I was obsessed with getting all the big decisions made, partly because it was exciting but also because I wanted to give myself enough time to actually pay for everything without feeling stressed throughout my engagement. The wedding venue was the first big decision we made together and I was really thankful that we sorted it out early when it came to planning the smaller details. If, like me, you want to start looking at venues early I think there are a handful of things to consider as you visit each one:

Saturday, 18 April 2015

"DO SOMETHING FUN"... Makeup Haul; A Simple, Novice Review

If you have ever met me you will definitely be aware that I know very little about makeup. The fact that this post is about makeup will be amusingly ironic to my girlfriends (Lauren, Adele; I sit in waiting for the inevitable abuse in Revs next week...). I seriously don't understand how I'm meant to "end" my liquid eyeliner. I don't understand eyelash curlers. My foundation almost certainly will not match my skin colour for the majority of the year. I don't own bronzer & I've never fake-tanned in my life.

I still really, really enjoy getting semi-dressed up on a Friday night, but I've never been the type of girl to wear a huge amount of makeup. I'm not really a fan of kohl black eyes or bright eyeshadows (on myself) and sometimes I find it hard to come up with a way to do something that I wouldn't wear to the office Monday to Friday anyway. I decided to invest in a few key bits based on recommendations from Tanya Burr (goddess, guru, my spirit animal) & from the Feel Unique forums.

I have combination skin. I do look after it religiously but I've always got a lot of red pigment in my cheeks, I've always got a few pimples and between Monday and Friday I'll always have some decent bags under my eyes. In the photo below I've applied foundation to the right hand side of my face but not to the left- quite a difference!


I use Mac MoistureCover concealer (shade NC20) under my eyes...

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Home Colour: the Tester Pots are Here!

I've been toying with many colour schemes when it comes to painting my house. I have a new build so we're essentially working on a clean, white slate which certainly helps when it comes to the actual painting (not that I'll be allowed to get involved there!). I wanted to pick something that would be quite neutral because we plan to sell in a few years & it's hard to get rid of bold colours. Dark & statement colours make a room look much smaller so I wanted to go with something light, airy and modern.

I am practically phobic of magnolia, plus on top of that fact I know that I still want to pick a colour that I adore. I may be flipping this house for resale but I'll be the one living here for the next 3 years.

I think I've decided on varying shades of Duck Egg. It's a heady mix of blue and green but it's also available in complimentary shades (the three I chose are pictured). I want to pick a few statement walls for the darkest shade with pale duck egg on the remaining walls. I'll probably put the duck egg white in the kitchen and bathrooms.

I'm going to get the colours on a wall (if Ben permits!) this weekend and will post an update then...

Monday, 6 April 2015

Botanical Print Fringed Kimono Review

I think it's been fairly easy, particularly this past sunny Easter weekend, to convince myself that Summer is on the way. I'm not a huge fan of Summer fashion because it can be hard to enjoy it when you're plus-sized; every high street advert online is co-ords, bodycon dresses, booty shorts or playsuits. However, I completely fell in love with a botanical print kimono I found in River Island on Saturday.

(Soz about no makeup ^^)
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