Sunday, 15 October 2017

Charity Race Night.




It's really dark this morning, it looks like it's going to rain outside, and I feel like I want to stay in bed all day.   But I won't.  I'll be good and get up soon.   After more coffee.....

I was surprised I didn't wake up later than I did as I was out last night at a charity 'Race Night' event for the Royal British Legion and Disability Lincolnshire.  I have been to lots of charity events before, but this was the first time I had ever been to a 'Race Night' so I didn't quite know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised because it was really good, it had the usually bar drinks, though I was driving so I had soft drinks, and a really nice buffet to go with it, just your general sausage rolls, pickled onion and cheese on sticks (I love them!) pizza bread etc. And it had a fantastic turn out too.




This is what I wore.   A simple, slightly sparkly silver top, with silver cardigan, and my little Ted Baker handbag I got for my birthday this year, and I wore some smart jeans with it, as it was a 'casual thing'.   If everyone has seen, the cardigan was actually from Bay Trading, those of you who remember that store.  That was my first retail job at Bay Trading, at seventeen.   I was there for about two and a half years.   And the silver cardigan is still doing me proud!

There were eight races in total, you picked your own horse and it was a pound a bet.   I only did a pound at a time, I am not particularly one for betting really, so I just stuck to a pound a go, and that made it really fun!




All the horses had great names.  You had football stadiums, Anfield, Old Trafford etc.  There were movie characters (that was my favourite) so there was Indiana Jones, Jason Bourne, Harry Potter etc. I had Harry Potter! TV shows, so Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones so that was pretty cool.  I actually won on my TV show which was 'The Affair'.  It was probably the least popular TV show out of the bunch, but that was why I went for it.   Hey, I won a few quid so it was good.

That's not all I won however.   Normally I would say I wasn't particularly a lucky person really, but throughout the evening, raffle tickets were on sale a pound a strip, all towards the charity obviously, and you got to pick your own prize which I thought was really cool.  On this table were your usual bottles of bubbly (one of which I chose when I won) a few gift sets, Sanctuary I think was one and YSL etc and there were three envelopes which I actually have no idea what was in but it could have been gift vouchers or a Spa Day perhaps.  All in all the prizes were pretty amazing.   Anyway, I won twice.   The first prize I picked was a bottle of bubbly....





You can't go wrong with a bottle of fizz now!!  There was a couple of  prizes however, that they were keeping back so people got them towards the end, and one of them I managed to get.   Considering I normally feel like I'm not really a 'lucky' person, I was over the moon with this....




A portable induction hob!! Bloody brilliant! I think it's for if you go on holiday in a caravan (which I do not have) but I don't care!  I will still use it, if only to practice my cooking.  It's awesome.   Can you imagine if you were doing your kitchen up and you didn't have an oven for a few days.   This sort of thing would be perfect.  And, I do have some induction pans already too in case anyone's wondering.   Wouldn't work properly otherwise, haha.   I am so happy.




Lots of money was raised last night, as of yet I don't have the exact figure but I will find out over the next couple of days once I get back to work.  As I said, all the money we raised last night will be going to the British Legion, Disability Lincolnshire, and Action For Children which is absolutely fantastic.   I thought it was a very successful evening, and I really enjoyed it.



Thanks for reading x


Sarah x












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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Highlights Of My Week.



This was my very first week of doing my new 25 hour contract at work.  I will admit at first I wasn't quite sure how it would go, it was particularly interesting as we had a store visit from head office on Wednesday this week which I came into work right in the middle of, but really, not much has changed apart from the obvious fact that I feel that there is less pressure on me to perform my job and deliver my targets.    So it's all good.  I am happy because it is what I wanted, and that is all that matters.






So last Sunday I met up with my friend Lizzy, and we went for a roast dinner at the pub in my village which was really nice.   I ate too much food!   But it was lovely because we just had a really good catch up and then went for a little walk afterward round the village because it was a lovely day. On Monday I started work at 8.30am (to open tills) and finished at 1.45! Now that was awesome.  It meant I could have potentially done anything I wanted with the rest of my day.  First highlight.  I even got away on time which I was so pleased about.  This actually gave me the opportunity to nip to Boots before I came home, because when I checked my rotas on Monday, a couple of my hours had changed which being part time now, I was expecting at some point.  But I had booked a contact lens appointment for Tuesday at 4.30, so I had to go and change that because I was now working till 5.45pm.   What I didn't do is get really stressed about it, I just went to Boots when I finished and changed my appointment to my day off, which really would have been easier to do in the first place.   Can't be doing with the hassle anyway, haha!



I had a really nice day off on Thursday in the end.  My Boots appointment wasn't till 1.40pm so I didn't have to rush.  Put my contact lenses in at about 11am.  I feel I am getting on really well with them too.  I have worn contacts before but it was about six/seven years ago now.  I stopped because they were getting a bit too expensive at the time but now Boots do loads of amazing plans which are really flexible.  So if you wear glasses and you are thinking of getting contact lenses, check out their plans because they are very good.   Very easy to set up.   They did have to order mine however because I have an astigmatism in my left eye.  But it wasn't a problem, they will be ready for me Tuesday this week, and I have gone with the brand pictured above as they are very good for astigmatism.   Happy days!  I am actually genuinely excited about getting contacts again.








I did manage to have a nice look round town on Thursday too.   It was just so nice to take my time and feel like I wasn't rushing about like I have done on my days off before.   Generally I don't go into town on my days off because I work in retail and I am in town most days.  However, because I am now doing a few less hours in work I find I don't seem to mind so much now.   Had a coffee and double chocolate chip muffin in Starbucks, the Pumpkin Spice Latte of course, that was nice.  I feel I will be getting addicted to that by the time the year is out.   Then I went and bought £5 worth of Halloween stuff from the Pound Shop, as you do!  They have got some really awesome stuff for Halloween, so if you haven't done already, I would recommend checking it out for a few bargains!   All in all, I genuinely enjoyed the day.








The hanging Grim Reaper, and the orange pumpkin on the top shelf and the little pumpkin lights are some of the Halloween things I bought from the pound shop.  Love the Grim Reaper, he's my favourite.  You can't go wrong for a pound!!

Really been enjoying Pretty Little Liars this week too.  I am still on the first series mind, but I love all the characters.  Not quite worked out what's going on just yet but it is one of those shows that has really got me hooked from the first episode, and I can definitely feel a 'binge' session coming on later today.

Hope you have all had a good week too x



Thanks for reading.


Sarah x




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Monday, 2 October 2017

First Ever Blogtober Post.



I cannot believe I have never written a Blogtober post before.  Obviously I do write posts in October, but I have never specifically highlighted that they are for Blogtober.  Until now.  First time for everything as they say.


What I Love About Autumn.


The Colours.

I love trees in general. The colours they turn to in Autumn are so beautiful, the reds and the golds, oranges always look so vibrant.  I also have always loved the sound of the leaves as they rustle in the wind.   That might sound a bit strange to some, but it is something I generally find very calming.





Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

I am a huge coffee fan and every year without fail, I have to have the famous Pumpkin Spice latte from Starbucks.  It is just incredible.  Problem is they are very addictive and once I start drinking them I can't stop.  I am a coffee fiend you know really.....





Hot Baths.

I love a long soak in the bath, especially if I have been at work all day and like most, I have gone to work in the dark and cold in the morning, come home in the dark and cold in the evening.   One of my favourite bubble baths I get is the fig and vanilla from Avon, and it is amazing.  It is just so warming and you don't need a lot of it either.  It is incredible.  Definitely worth a try if you haven't before.




That Extra Hour.

Yeah I always find when the daylight saving kicks in it is just the best ever.   It is so much easier to adjust to than the summer time change.  That extra hour in bed is definitely nothing to be sniffed at.






Halloween Movies.

Got to watch a few Halloween movies in October, especially on the night itself.  Some of my favourite Halloween movies are: Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters - the original and the new movie, Casper, and Hocus Pocus.  I also do like a few scary movies too, so The Conjuring, Scream, Let Me in, and An American Haunting to name a few.


 






Halloween Decorations.

I do love the Halloween decorations you can get.  Most of the time I just like looking to see what other people get but this year I have decided I want a few of my own.  I have never actually been trick or treating myself, but I do love a good Halloween fancy dress party!  Who doesn't.  But if I don't go anywhere, I love to deck the house out with a couple of props to mark the evening.  There are some amazing things you can now get especially from places like The Range, they generally have the best collection.  


This picture looks so awesome.  I do like scary clowns too!  Guess where I'm going on my day off!


Thanks for reading.


Sarah x











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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Favourite Pictures 101.5




Just for a bit of fun I have been adding some more pictures into my Pinterest boards this morning which I have found from across the web that I really love.  Normally I go straight onto Pinterest to find my pictures, but apart from the Vogue picture, all the rest I have found whilst reading a few articles on the web in general, and I just really love them.






As we do have just over a month left to go till Halloween, I found this picture, and as creepy as it does look I really love it.  I would even buy it myself because I am sure I would find something to put in it.  It does look quite a good size.  It looks like someone has bought an old antique cabinet and just chosen to decorate it with a Halloween inspired theme.  I really love it.  It's very detailed.  I'm loving the skull drawer knob on it.  It is an awesome piece of furniture!





I love white tigers.  Well, I love orange tigers too, but white tigers are my favourite and this picture is just so beautiful.  You can imagine just how well camouflaged it is in the snow!  This just looks stunning.   Pretty tiger.





So this picture I chose because I have recently become very intrigued with reading Vogue magazine.   There are some lovely, and strange fashion trends in Vogue, but it is a really good read and it has been giving me a few ideas for myself too which I am pleased with.  Plus of course Vogue magazine has also inspired me to start doing some  of my own fashion collages too as I displayed on my previous post.   I love this picture simply because it is very simple, and yet elegant and very nostalgic.   I love the little dog too.  It is so cute.






I love Alice In Wonderland it is one of my favourite childhood books.   What I love about this picture is simply the colourful artwork on the text.  It just looks so effective.  Mad Hatter looks really cool too and I love the little butterflies circling the top of the page.  They look really pretty.






I love dolphins.  These are holding hands, sorry, holding flippers, and it just looks so cute!  They look so happy and it's very sweet.





The city of London.   I love these aerial shots of cities in general, but I especially love the night time photos, of any city really, because with all the lights it just makes the picture look prettier and more detailed.   This would definitely make a nice picture to put on someone's wall.   The other thing about this is, as I am starting to become particularly interested in pursuing a little photography, this is like inspiration for me because I just really love the intricacy about it.  I love the finer details in anything to be honest.  It's such a good picture.






Why have I chosen this picture you are wondering, because it's weird, and I love weird.   If I collected teapots for instance, which ok I don't, but if I did this would definitely be in my collection.  I don't know whether it is me but I feel there is something very 'Nightmare Before Christmas' about it, as well as a bit of Halloween too.  It looks really cool and really unique, and a bit wacky.



What do you think of my new Pinterest pictures?



Thanks for reading.


Sarah x
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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Art, Fashion and Vogue.




I have had a go at something different today.  Something that the last time I did it, I was still in school.   Now that was definitely a long time ago!  I have started to do some collages.

Recently I had decided to start having a read of Vogue magazine, really for my own curiosity, but also to potentially help aid my fashion choices.   In fairness it took me bloody ages to read and really it was more the pictures of the clothing, make up and accessories I was interested in rather than the text, but I still found it an interesting read and I really enjoyed it.  Usually I tend to keep a lot of my magazines for a while until I accumulate a large stack at the side of my bed, but I thought, instead of keeping this Vogue magazine, which was September's issue, I decided to choose some bits from it I loved and turn it into a collage.




I only did three collages in total.   When I think of it, I could have waited until perhaps I had maybe two or three issues of Vogue magazine and then done a bigger collage, but to be completely honest...I didn't want to wait.  What I loved about the above picture was, the purple and turquoise blue 'Magic Wands', the red top on the left and the grape jacket on the right, and the sky blue dress worn in the middle picture, elegantly draped over a spiral staircase.  




I love the checked look of the grey Armani military style jacket because it looks so smart. The 'Autumn Spectrum' of colours just looks awesome, and although I am not too keen on the cape style top, I however really like the blue check trousers worn on the left.   




For starters, I just loved the idea of the cocktail/champagne glass decorated with butterflies.  It looks really pretty.   I like the colour of the Aspinal Of London bag, and the white blouse with the black skirt is one of the looks I would like to aim for, for myself.   And lastly, I am already a huge fan on Keira Knightley and I just loved her jewellery she was wearing here. 





I will have to say I genuinely enjoyed doing this little project.   It didn't even take me all that long either, despite the fact I wasn't actually rushing in any way.  It was just a bit of fun.  I have decided I want to do more now though, which is good.  Also from doing this, I have decided that I would really love to own a pair of checked trousers, and a military style jacket too.  Perhaps not an Armani one like this one in the picture, that might be a little bit expensive.  I shall look for something similar instead.

The other slight little change I have chosen for myself lately, is I have decided to once again go in for contact lenses.  Last week I nipped into Boots to pick them up as I had already pre-arranged the order earlier in the week for them, the 'One Day Acuvue Moist' ones, which I went for as they say they are very good at correcting astigmatism, which I have in my left eye.  This is the second time I have worn them, and they have been in for about six hours or so now, and they are still very comfortable.  It did take me a while to get the left eye in which they said it would anyway, till I got used to them.    But the right eye went straight in.   So that's good.   I am really pleased with my decision to take up contact lenses again, although I still don't mind wearing glasses either.  Might need some new funkier ones soon....


Thanks for reading!


Sarah x






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