Saturday, 31 October 2015

5 Things To Do This Halloween

I'm not normally one to celebrate Halloween; I love seeing all the dark make up, hair and costume styles cropping up on Instagram and Pinterest, but you won't catch me dressing up or trick or treating!  Scary movies are a sort of no go - I'm getting as far as the Paranormal Activity series, but after watching the season 2 finale of Walking Dead (I'm farrrrr behind I know!) anything gory is definitely off limits. I thought I'd share my what you could call my anti-halloween list of ideas for today and this evening...
1. Wear a cosy autumnal outfit ... and where possible match your pets in them too; this week I completed my annual saying goodbye to the summer wardrobe (including maxi skirts *sob*) and unpacked all my knitwear into my main wardrobe, including vintage and Christmas jumpers too! Tomorrow it is November, and the perfect excuse to start wearing everything and anything knitted and cosy 24/7. 
 2. Go on a winter walk; today, there was a hint of a blue sky. I'm still not adjusted to the clocks going back, and keep finding it weird that it is dark by 5pm, so soaking up all the lightness possible is top of my daily to do list currently!
3. Have a long bubble bath, and find yourself some pumpkin themed bubbles to add to it such as The Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar from Lush. 
 4. Burn your favourite candle; I picked up the Woodwick Fireside Candle (from Boots as part of a 3 for 2) as I spotted it in the gift guide, and am loving the colour grey at the moment, love a crackling wick and the jar design with wooden lid looked lush. After smelling the candle, it is the perfect November candle! I'm eyeing up the rest of the collection now too!

5. Make some Halloween treats; this year I decided to make toffee apples after having a craving for one then remembering they were the one treat I used to make with my Grandad years ago. I had a go at making chocolate apples too, and overall it took me less than thirty minutes to make both! 
 Happy Halloween! 

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The Catherine from Bloom & Wild

"Winter is not here yet. There’s a little flower, up yonder."
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

I had a beautiful package delivered the other day; The Catherine hand tied bouquet from Bloom & Wild ; a mixture of pink lilies, roses and wax flower. I never normally spend more than a few pounds on flowers, often shopping at markets for my blooms, but I've been a follower of Bloom and Wild for ages on social media, and after another online window shopping session, I pressed buy! I was especially pleased with how easy it was to select & pay for the flowers, as well as the shipping selections being lenient! 

The morning they arrived, I started flower arranging, and in the bouquet there was enough for three jarfuls of flowers and leftovers which I used for DIY which will be up on the blog next week. 

I'm now eyeing up letterbox flowers, and half tempted to start getting a three month subscription! I'll be keeping a special eye on festive flowers too! What bouquets do you buy? 

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Friday, 25 September 2015

24 Things You Should Know

I collection of 24 random facts about yours truly...
1. My lucky number is (unsurprisingly!) 24.
2. I've had hair in a range of colours, and the best was red on top with pink underneath, and it was accidental.
3. My first pets were goldfish called Vic and Bob.
4. My middle name is Lillian & that is spelt wrong (should be Lilian) but I spelt it wrong for the first sixteen years of my life, and I prefer it with two l's.
5. I'm 5'2"; I used to be the tallest person in my class when I was 11, but I stopped growing and in the end, ended up being the shortest!
6. I have lots of pets, and many are named after tv characters/celebrities/songs. Cece was named after Cece in 'New Girl', and my hedgehog Kate was named after Kate Moss.
7. A few years ago, I travelled around different countries in Europe in a week.
8. & the day before I left for Europe, I skydived.
9. I've tried countless times to learn how to play Minesweeper... and I just cannot get my head around it...
10. ... however try me at Sims, Crash Bandicoot, Just Dance or Super Mario and I'll easily beat you!
11. Deciding on the name 'Dear Wildflower' originated from a love of writing combined with the seeds sent through when my family dog, Tash died a few years back... it was instantaneously decided in my head that wildflower needed to be a part of my writing.
12. Roald Dahl is my favourite author, Matilda being my favourite book... Miss Honey is my inspiration for sure.
13. My biggest fear is frogs/toads... so much so that this one time I saw one on the TV and dropped my iPhone into the pint glass of water I was holding, because my body turned to jelly.
14. I tend to say 'this one time' and my parents often point out that I am basically the ginger one from American Pie.
15. I have quite a long list of "embarrassing" crushes... these range from Max Branning to Phillip Schofield!
16. I also have a list of desserts that should never ever have been invented and trifle is top of the darned list!
17. I have odd ways of eating food, especially cheeseburgers.
18. I discovered hummus for the first time this year, and it was a complete game changer!
19. I'm a lover of accents, and secretly wish I could pull off an irish accent!
20. I rarely get out of my face drunk, one time I was in Soho, and 'drank' a shot of salt which I thought was tequila and then began frothing at the mouth.  It was a tragic yet hilarious moment of my life.
21. I wear the same jewellery every day and each piece has significant meaning to me.
22. I believe everything happens for a reason, and in fate but I also believe in creating your own fate.
23. I love being organised but for the life of me, I really struggle to keep my personal space tidy.
24. A genuine life goal is to play and win a game of Chardee Macdennis a'la 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Seven Things

This week, and August in general has been a pure rollercoaster of emotions. From feeling pure happiness about a variety of different things, including my job and setting up my classroom & seeing my family, spending lots of time at the beach and out and about, to be completely brought down by the death of one of my best friends. It really is odd how things pan out sometimes and the day I found out was a day where there were so many reminders of her & all the times we'd spent together... and it made me wish that over the past few months where I had those thoughts and feelings, I'd taken the time to send a text or message, regardless of the fact we were in different countries. Walking past our favourite pub where we created so many memories to work each day is going to be so hard and all I can be is grateful that I got to know you for the past five years. Today's seven is dedicated to seven memories of our memories...

1. The first time we properly met after having worked together for ages but in different departments. This was our first trip to the Foresters where we drank Archers and Lemonade, and played cards, darts and the quiz machines. I'll never forget how appalling we were at the colour of money, or when the question was 'What can you do with a sausage' and you automatically pressed 'Ride It', which caused all of us to be in fits of laughter.
2. Our book that we wrote together during many sleepovers to remember all the funny things we and our other friends said. The funniest quotes were ' I love you but I'm drunk', 'I've got 4 nines and 3 sevens and I still don't understand why I haven't won' and our jokes about Kias Kebabs and Connextions.
3. Playing Just Dance and Singstar in your living room.
4. Our countless nights out where we both did the most fun and idiotic of things. I especially remember our karaoke night!
5. The countless boy chats we had. And how we spoke about how what one 'x' meant, watched Eat Pray Love and other girly films. How you remembered all the people I said I fancied, and had secret crushes on, and how you picked up on my thoughts and moods like a twin sister would!
6. Our holiday to Turkey and other trips out and about.
7. How you was there for me when I went through the worst possible time in my life, and you gave me advice, and got me on the right track.