Once again it is the end of another month and another year. It has felt like quite a long December which is strange because I find myself saying 'this month has gone so quick' at the end of every month. The days have been short, dark and stormy with a few days of blue skies and sun. And because of that I have stayed indoors often, wrapping up presents, cleaning, reading and staying warm. On the brighter days I took Miffy out for a hop around the garden and went on walks to clear my head. And of course there was Christmas, I did not have the most festive and joyous holiday period but it was nice and simple.

I hope you have all had a great month. I'm now looking forward to seeing what next month holds for me.
xo Natasha
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December Days

30.12.13


Once again it is the end of another month and another year. It has felt like quite a long December which is strange because I find myself saying 'this month has gone so quick' at the end of every month. The days have been short, dark and stormy with a few days of blue skies and sun. And because of that I have stayed indoors often, wrapping up presents, cleaning, reading and staying warm. On the brighter days I took Miffy out for a hop around the garden and went on walks to clear my head. And of course there was Christmas, I did not have the most festive and joyous holiday period but it was nice and simple.

I hope you have all had a great month. I'm now looking forward to seeing what next month holds for me.
xo Natasha
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Yesterday I was in Waterstones having my usual look around to see if any book catches my eye, as I looked round I came across this book and I recognised the title of this book and remember it was positively reviewed so I picked it up and read the blurb then decided to purchase it.



It is a short story and last night I found myself sitting in my living room consumed by this monologue style story of a librarian having a conversation with a person who was locked in the library over night. I found that reading it was a lot like she was talking to me, it was intriguing and unique. The story gives an insight of what it is like to be a librarian, discussing the Dewey Decimal Classification, this reminded me of the hours and hours I spent in the library in my final months at university. How important a library actually is for those lost souls that are roaming the world who need a place of solace, a place to immerse in knowledge and even to pass the time. And of course the story of unrequited love for another person, a relatable theme that we all have experienced, including the 'what if I' and 'I wonder' thoughts we have.

This book was originally written in French and translated this year to English, when reading this story I could feel a decadence and how carefully the words were chosen, a lot like how I would imagine a stereotypical French librarian would think and speak. It is one of those stories that make you think about other people and even though I did not agree with some of what the librarian said there are some insightful lines. This is a story that I think all book lovers will appreciate and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

xo Natasha
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Book Review: The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry

28.12.13

Yesterday I was in Waterstones having my usual look around to see if any book catches my eye, as I looked round I came across this book and I recognised the title of this book and remember it was positively reviewed so I picked it up and read the blurb then decided to purchase it.



It is a short story and last night I found myself sitting in my living room consumed by this monologue style story of a librarian having a conversation with a person who was locked in the library over night. I found that reading it was a lot like she was talking to me, it was intriguing and unique. The story gives an insight of what it is like to be a librarian, discussing the Dewey Decimal Classification, this reminded me of the hours and hours I spent in the library in my final months at university. How important a library actually is for those lost souls that are roaming the world who need a place of solace, a place to immerse in knowledge and even to pass the time. And of course the story of unrequited love for another person, a relatable theme that we all have experienced, including the 'what if I' and 'I wonder' thoughts we have.

This book was originally written in French and translated this year to English, when reading this story I could feel a decadence and how carefully the words were chosen, a lot like how I would imagine a stereotypical French librarian would think and speak. It is one of those stories that make you think about other people and even though I did not agree with some of what the librarian said there are some insightful lines. This is a story that I think all book lovers will appreciate and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

xo Natasha
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Once again the festive season has arrived and tomorrow is Christmas Day, I probably say this most years but it honestly does not feel like it and it has come around quicker than ever. This year I am cooking Christmas dinner for the first time, no pressure as there is only 4 of us but still a challenge. I have already started to prepare a few bits for tomorrow and I started with dessert, I really don't like Christmas pudding, cake and mince pies so every year there is always a second pudding, instead of my traditional trifle I decided to make gingerbread cake.


To make this you will need.. 115g margarine, 100g caster sugar, 1 egg, 175g golden syrup, 200g plain flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 125ml water.

1, Pre-heat oven to 175C. Grease your tine and lightly flour.
2, Cream margarine and sugar together until light. Add the egg and golden syrup then beat well.
3, Sieve together the flour, salt, baking soda, ground ginger and ground cinnamon.
4, Bring water to the boil and add alternatively with flour mixture to the cream mixture, beating thoroughly.
5, Bake at 175C for 30 minutes.


The rest of my Christmas Eve has been spent at work (the downside of retail), last minute food shopping, wrapping presents, cleaning and tidying. And tonight I'm going to do nothing.

I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, fill your day with love and joy.
xo Natasha

Gingerbread Cake & Festive Days

24.12.13

Once again the festive season has arrived and tomorrow is Christmas Day, I probably say this most years but it honestly does not feel like it and it has come around quicker than ever. This year I am cooking Christmas dinner for the first time, no pressure as there is only 4 of us but still a challenge. I have already started to prepare a few bits for tomorrow and I started with dessert, I really don't like Christmas pudding, cake and mince pies so every year there is always a second pudding, instead of my traditional trifle I decided to make gingerbread cake.


To make this you will need.. 115g margarine, 100g caster sugar, 1 egg, 175g golden syrup, 200g plain flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 125ml water.

1, Pre-heat oven to 175C. Grease your tine and lightly flour.
2, Cream margarine and sugar together until light. Add the egg and golden syrup then beat well.
3, Sieve together the flour, salt, baking soda, ground ginger and ground cinnamon.
4, Bring water to the boil and add alternatively with flour mixture to the cream mixture, beating thoroughly.
5, Bake at 175C for 30 minutes.


The rest of my Christmas Eve has been spent at work (the downside of retail), last minute food shopping, wrapping presents, cleaning and tidying. And tonight I'm going to do nothing.

I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, fill your day with love and joy.
xo Natasha

This festive season I had the idea to make some of my own decorations, as soon as I could visualise what I wanted to make I began by looking in my box of fabric, thread and embellishments to see if I had everything I needed.

To make this all you need is fabric, polyester padding, metallic decorative thread, embellishment of your choice (I used sequins) and cotton string.


I went with a star shape, to make it easier I created a template to draw and cut around the fabric. For each piece cut out two shapes and one for the polyester padding.


Then add your embellishment to the fabric before joining the 2 shapes with the polyester padding inside.


Using the decorative thread, begin to sew around the shape to join them together with a needle, making a loop around the edge, make sure it is quite tight. As you reach the end take your cotton string and make a final loop and thread the cotton string through the loop so that you can hang it and finish off the stitch.

Personally I quite like the messy handmade look that you get from this as it makes it look unique so don't worry if it does not look neat.

Hope you enjoyed this, let me know if you have made your own festive decorations this year.
xo Natasha

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Handmade Decorations

16.12.13


This festive season I had the idea to make some of my own decorations, as soon as I could visualise what I wanted to make I began by looking in my box of fabric, thread and embellishments to see if I had everything I needed.

To make this all you need is fabric, polyester padding, metallic decorative thread, embellishment of your choice (I used sequins) and cotton string.


I went with a star shape, to make it easier I created a template to draw and cut around the fabric. For each piece cut out two shapes and one for the polyester padding.


Then add your embellishment to the fabric before joining the 2 shapes with the polyester padding inside.


Using the decorative thread, begin to sew around the shape to join them together with a needle, making a loop around the edge, make sure it is quite tight. As you reach the end take your cotton string and make a final loop and thread the cotton string through the loop so that you can hang it and finish off the stitch.

Personally I quite like the messy handmade look that you get from this as it makes it look unique so don't worry if it does not look neat.

Hope you enjoyed this, let me know if you have made your own festive decorations this year.
xo Natasha

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Winter is here, it is cold and gloomy. The shift in weather tends to make my lips and skin change and become very dry. I have found a lip balm and a hand cream that has changed that. I know I'm not alone with this problem so I thought I would share them with you.


Typically I don't tend to have a problem with dry lips, I use any lip balm I have at hand every morning and will keep one in my bag just in case they begin to feel a little dry. A few weeks ago they all of a sudden became very dry, I found myself applying lip balm every hour and none of the ones I had were doing much for them. After a bit of research I found that Nuxe Rêve de Miel came up a few times in my search, a little pricey compared to the average lip balm but I was willing to try it and see if it helps. It is a French product and specifically for dry or chapped lips so I was hoping for the best. The ingredients include honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence, so very natural and you can smell the honey and grapefruit when you put it on. It feels quite rich and smooth so you only need a small amount and that small amount works wonders. Normally I don't see a dramatic difference after trying a new product but by that day my lips felt so much smoother, not as dry and I did not feel the need to put more on every hour. It's been over a week now and I use it every day.

Last year in the Winter sales I went to L'Occitane because I have been wanting to purchase their hand cream because I heard a lot of good things about them and I managed to get a good deal with the travel size tubes and over the past year I have used it every now and then until recently. So much so that I ran out of 2 of my tubes that I was using alternately and my Mum kindly gave me one she was given as a gift but did not use yet. The L'Occitane Hand Cream includes shea butter, honey and sweet almond extracts, I think shea butter and honey are a winning combination for dry lips and skin. Anti-oxidizing vitamin E in the cream helps nourish the skin and what I like most about this is that it is not a watery liquid that is difficult to rub in completely, it is buttery and smooths out over the hands well, a small amount is all that is needed.

Are there any products that have saved you this Winter?
xo Natasha

Winter Rescue for Lips & Hands

12.12.13

Winter is here, it is cold and gloomy. The shift in weather tends to make my lips and skin change and become very dry. I have found a lip balm and a hand cream that has changed that. I know I'm not alone with this problem so I thought I would share them with you.


Typically I don't tend to have a problem with dry lips, I use any lip balm I have at hand every morning and will keep one in my bag just in case they begin to feel a little dry. A few weeks ago they all of a sudden became very dry, I found myself applying lip balm every hour and none of the ones I had were doing much for them. After a bit of research I found that Nuxe Rêve de Miel came up a few times in my search, a little pricey compared to the average lip balm but I was willing to try it and see if it helps. It is a French product and specifically for dry or chapped lips so I was hoping for the best. The ingredients include honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence, so very natural and you can smell the honey and grapefruit when you put it on. It feels quite rich and smooth so you only need a small amount and that small amount works wonders. Normally I don't see a dramatic difference after trying a new product but by that day my lips felt so much smoother, not as dry and I did not feel the need to put more on every hour. It's been over a week now and I use it every day.

Last year in the Winter sales I went to L'Occitane because I have been wanting to purchase their hand cream because I heard a lot of good things about them and I managed to get a good deal with the travel size tubes and over the past year I have used it every now and then until recently. So much so that I ran out of 2 of my tubes that I was using alternately and my Mum kindly gave me one she was given as a gift but did not use yet. The L'Occitane Hand Cream includes shea butter, honey and sweet almond extracts, I think shea butter and honey are a winning combination for dry lips and skin. Anti-oxidizing vitamin E in the cream helps nourish the skin and what I like most about this is that it is not a watery liquid that is difficult to rub in completely, it is buttery and smooths out over the hands well, a small amount is all that is needed.

Are there any products that have saved you this Winter?
xo Natasha

Lately I have been listening to a lot of music, buying new and old albums, rediscovering artists I've had in my music library for a long time and of course Spotify has been my best friend (I'm dreading when my listening limit for the month ends). Music is a gift that man created and some very talented people have been able to write their experiences and express their feelings through this art. The same that many of us have and I believe finding something that reminds you that you're not alone and gives meaning can help more than we think. It is more than true for me. No matter how I'm feeling, happy, sad, confused or just neutral, every single day I put on some music and everything feels right.

On this cold December morning I thought I would share with you some of my favourite songs at the moment. I hope you love them as much as I do.

December Morning Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

xo Natasha
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December morning music

7.12.13

Lately I have been listening to a lot of music, buying new and old albums, rediscovering artists I've had in my music library for a long time and of course Spotify has been my best friend (I'm dreading when my listening limit for the month ends). Music is a gift that man created and some very talented people have been able to write their experiences and express their feelings through this art. The same that many of us have and I believe finding something that reminds you that you're not alone and gives meaning can help more than we think. It is more than true for me. No matter how I'm feeling, happy, sad, confused or just neutral, every single day I put on some music and everything feels right.

On this cold December morning I thought I would share with you some of my favourite songs at the moment. I hope you love them as much as I do.

December Morning Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

xo Natasha
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