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Thursday, 23 June 2016

My Picture Wall (on a budget and suitable for renters!)

Black and white home decor
Before

If we are Snapchat friends you may have noticed that I finally completed my new picture wall! And by me, I mean me and my boyfriend because I have zero DIY skills and am more of a hindrance when it comes to being handy. Picture Rachel Green when she is pretending to help carry furniture into Phoebe's apartment. 

I also accidentally fell over and bought a new lamp from IKEA, so you might notice that in the after pictures too. 

Black and white home decor
 Black and white home decor

The pictures are mostly from Primark's home section with the exception of one from Next and one from Etsy. The most expensive picture was £17 and the cheapest was £4! 

I bought all of these over the space of a few months (the silver deer picture I actually got back in December) because I wanted to wait until I had enough for a decent sized collage before I put any up on the wall. 

I can't remember exactly but the rough cost of all of the pictures totalled at around £50 - £12 of this on the silver deer back in December and the remaining £38 was spent over the course of the past three months which works out roughly £12 per month. Not too shabby for Rachel. 

Black and white home decor


The pictures are stuck up on the wall using Command Picture Hanging Strips because the pipes behind the radiators run up the wall in my house for some unknown reason so I didn't want to risk hammering in nails and flooding the place. I didn't actually know these things existed but my sister rents a place in Glasgow so uses them all the time to make her place more homely without hammering chunks out of the walls. 

I think that last sentence there reinforces how bad I am at handy work. I'm sure hammering holes in walls isn't standard procedure for most when putting up pictures. Anyhoo...

I am very pleased with the end result! Hope you all like it too. If you want to see more pictures of my work-in-progress home you can click here or friend me on Snapchat @ schristie88. 

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Ceiling lights from IKEA, not available online
The pictures that don't contain deer (lol) are all from Primark, not available online


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions



Aloha lovelies. You all know that when it comes to beauty, I'm very much a novice. So much so, that if I won the lottery, one of the first things I'd do is hire a lil personal stylist crew to sort out my hair and face on a daily basis because girl needs all the help she can get.

With this in mind, I decided to try out semi-permanent eyelash extensions. My natural lashes are blonder than the sun and therefore invisible against my pale skin so I thought extensions would help give my eyes some definition as well as save me some time in the mornings by not having to put mascara on. 

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Updating My Home - A Wish List

I don't know if you've noticed but when it comes to my home decor I have a little ol' black and white theme going on. (Click here to have a peek at my previous home posts).

In the spirit of Bank Holiday weekends I have come up with a wish list for us all to spend our money on because, you know, it's the done thing on BH weekends. In order to try and salvage some of your pennies, the items on this list are via Love the Sales and have cheeky discounts to boot. You are welcome.

£35 (was £50)

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Reasons To Stay Alive - Matt Haig

Trigger Warning: Depression

Now I am in no way cut out to write a book review - grammar and uh...making sense aren't really my strong points. This is more of a shout out (?!) to a book that I've taken a lot from. 

In all honesty I can't remember where or when I heard of this book but when I did I nipped on to Amazon and bought it almost immediately. 



Monday, 9 May 2016

How I'm Going To Combat The Monday Fear

Or try to at least. 

I'd love to be the kind of person who could think "alright...my job is not my passion so I'm packing it in to go and do what I really want" alas, that is not me. I'd love it to be me but with a mortgage solely in my name and two little kitties to feed, I need the security (for now at least). 

So the other option is to change what I can just now. Here are some of my ideas:

the monday fear


Friday, 6 May 2016

52 Week Saving Challenge Update - Week 18


Urgh, this is really starting to feel like a drag.

Looking over the figures I'm about to share with you, I really feel like I'm getting nowhere fast. The past few weeks were built up of payments at the lower end of the scale - £2, £7, £12 & £30 just because of various other things I've committed to this month. 

Total amount saved since the last update: £51
Total amount saved so far: £378
Total amount to go: £1000

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Recent Primark Homeware Finds

Well, spring has sprung. Kind of. Snow aside, I took myself on a little shopping trip to update my winter wardrobe and accidentally found myself knee deep in Primark Homeware. I shared a few pics of my updated living room in this blog post as well as on Instagram, so if you haven't already, you should go have a lil' nosey soon. 

I can remember a time when I'd be reluctant to purchase homey items from Primark in fear that they wouldn't last but over the last year or so I've tried a few things - from cute pastel bedding to bath mats and ornaments and never once have I regretted it. Congrats on nailing it, Primark.