Bucket List - 006 Buy my own house

Monday, 18 May 2015

Cup of Tea - Girl in the North

Friday just gone was an incredibly exciting but long and busy day for me. After finishing work and a visit to see one of my best friends, I got in later than I expected. That was when the reality of the situation sunk in, that in the morning a removal van was coming to get all my furniture and I hadn't packed one thing!



You're probably thinking, 'hang on a minute Katy, didn't you just move in?' And you're right it was only 12 months ago that I started to rent my little house and I've loved every second of it. It was however part of a much bigger plan to tick off an item on my bucketlist... 006. To buy my own house. I am still in complete shock that I've actually managed to do it. Admittedly a few opportunities came my way and after almost a year in my (now not so) new job, it seemed like the right time.



So at 10pm on Friday night, when I knew what I should really be doing was packing, I sat down and had a cup of tea and reminisced about the past year. It's been lovely living so close to work and handy too but I'm so excited to be moving back to my home city, Durham. I've got a few more weeks to wait until my house is ready so I'm staying with various family and friends at the moment and it's so nice to be back with them.



I cannot wait to be able to blog about my new home and I've been going mad on Pinterest... not to mention a few splurges in my favourite interiors store The White Company. What's your favourite house'y online shops? Make sure to tweet me the links & any home inspiration boards on Pinterest!!

E45 Review

Monday, 9 March 2015



I've never been one for beauty reviews and I've admitted before I could never be a beauty blogger. I'm not really a big fan of a lot of make up but one thing I am passionate about is a good skincare routine. So when E45 offered me the chance to try out a couple of their products... I thought why not?


To be perfectly honest, my Mom spied them when they arrived in the post and I even told her once I'd tried them she could have them. (I'm sorry Mom - you're not getting them!) I was sent E45's Body Moisturising Lotion & their Repair & Protect Overnight Hand Cream and like the bad blogger I am, I wrongly assumed they'd be too heavy/greasy for my skin.


I wish I'd taken some before and after photos but the before photo would have been a bit ugh to look at. I started using the products just before I went away on holiday and after a week of using the creams, my skin felt amazing and I was ready to bare my legs in the sun! For those of you who know me offline, you'll know I'm olive skinned and tan easily but lose it just as quickly... I swear this stuff has helped me keep my tan since coming back!


I couldn't recommend the Body Lotion enough! The Hand Cream is one of the nicest I've used but I'm rubbish at remembering to put it on so I haven't noticed any significant change. To find out more about E45 and about why a good skincare routine is important take a look here !


Please note E45 did provide me with the two complimentary products featured for the purpose of review. Although this post is sponsored the above ramblings are my 100% honest opinion.

Love Your Imperfections

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Love Your Imperfections - Match.com Review

Back in December I received an email from Match.com asking if I'd be interested in trying out online dating! Being brutally honest here, my love life hasn't exactly gone so well for quite a few years and because of the type of work I do, it's so hard to meet people. I've happily enjoyed the single life for nearly two years now, still going on dates and things... but when it gets to winter time, I'll admit - it would be nice to cosy up with someone so I thought well why the heck not?!


Match set me up with an account and I found some photos I thought were half-decent. Writing my profile was the hard bit! Considering I blog you'd think I'd be used to writing about myself but I didn't want to over-sell or under-sell. I stuck to the truth, explained I had a busy career, was ambitious and wanted to meet someone similar who ultimately wanted to have fun... but not the seedy kind of fun!!!!! I even joined their #loveyourimperfections campaign by admitting I was bit geeky.


To cut a long story short, I spoke to a few people but no one I really clicked with until one day at the start of January when I was out food shopping & my phone buzzed with a notification. The conversation flowed, we ended up going out which went really well, agreed to meet again, saw each other a few more times and then it promptly ended as fast as it started. I have to admit, I was a a little sad about this because it did seem to be going so well but I guess it wasn't meant to be...


I'd never used Match.com before but I actually found it really fun. I like to think I'm a friendly person and enjoy getting to people. And to me that doesn't matter whether it's chatting away to a cashier in the supermarket or learning about someone new online - it's nice to be nice I think so I would do definitely do it again.


So I'm still single for now after all that! Have you ever used online dating before? I'd love to hear about your experiences and any success stories so drop me an email or tweet me yours!


Please note Match.com did provide me with a complimentary account for the purpose of review. Although this post is sponsored the above ramblings are my 100% honest opinion.

Glass House Newcastle

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Champagne for two

I had such a lovely night on Thursday. I'd had a very busy day with work & then a meeting in Gosforth so I was really looking forward to meeting Tasha for a catch up and the launch of Glass House.



Now... the photo above is actually one I took on holiday but you get the picture right?! It was very busy in the bar and by the time we'd finished gossiping, we both realised we hadn't taken any decent snaps.



Glass House is one of those places that is perfect for me... Since my t-total year in 2012, I'd now much rather have a couple glasses of fizz than vodka/shots/theworks. Albeit it was only the preview launch but there was a really nice atmosphere and I'm already planning a little trip back.



Our tummies were growling when we left, so to polish off the champagne we headed to Fat Hippo for a burger fix. If you're in Newcastle anytime soon, then make sure to pay both Glass House and Fat Hippo a visit.